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Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training and Individual Development Plan Policy

The Graduate School oversees the implementation of SIUE's RCR and IDP Policy, which is shown below. Faculty are required to email a list of their funded students to Tessa Keys at The names and completed training certificates will be kept in the Office of Research and Projects.


All undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are expected to abide by established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of their scholarly activities.  Those individuals who are paid by internal or external research grants (not including URCA Associates or Assistants) will complete Graduate School approved  responsible conduct of research (RCR) training and certification.  The Graduate School will retain all documentation related to the training.

Per the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research,” each recipient of an applicable NIH grant will develop with his/her mentor a plan to meet the required contact hours of instruction. This plan must be filed in the Office of Research and Projects (ORP).  

SIUE encourages the career and personal development of its students and postdoctoral researchers working on scholarly activities.  An individual development plan (IDP) is a tool to assist students and postdoctoral researchers in reaching short- and long-term goals.  SIUE encourages the use of IDPs even when not required by the funding sponsor.  SIUE requires IDPs when required by the funding sponsor.  SIUE encourages mentors to work with their students and postdoctoral researchers to complete and implement IDPs. 

When individuals are supported from an external sponsor, the project PI is responsible for ensuring completion of all requirements and maintenance of relevant records and is responsible for providing documentation when requested, such as for internal and external audits.


Approved by the Graduate Council, November 20, 2014.

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